Production of lactic acid and glycolic acid in one-pot electrochemical cell

Conference Dates

June 19-24, 2016


In recent years, due to the oversupply of glycerol globally, its price has dropped dramatically or become valueless. The aim of this study is to convert glycerol into high value-added compounds such as glycolic acid and lactic acid in one-pot electrochemical cell. The electrochemical process was carried out over platinum (as anode electrode) and activated carbon composite (as cathode electrode), with amberlyst-15 as reaction catalyst. The results obtained have proven that this simple method is applicable to produce glycolic acid and lactic acid in one step electrochemical process with a total product yield above 70 %. Finally, the overview reaction mechanism to the formation of these products was proposed.

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